We have entered Week Two of National Novel Writing Month 2012. How is everybody doing?
Since I’ve been keeping the updates a little sparse this month, I thought I’d do a quick rundown of my week.
My word count is currently 12,555. I haven’t started writing today, but I’m certainly going to be above par by the time I finish. I’m doing better than usual this month with my daily count at around 2000 words during the week. Unfortunately, my busier weekends mean my average is sitting at around 18,000.
The scenes I’m writing are turning out quite well. I’m coming away from most sessions feeling pretty positive about what I wrote.
I’m actually writing less that I planned. I’d told myself I’d writing 3000 words a day, but that’s usually a bit tougher than I expected. I think this is because I gave the novel the same sort of plan I’d use for a short story, and it’s not really detailed enough. While I know the novel’s plot as a big picture, I’m a lot less certain about the fine details and so I’m taking a lot of time during a session to think about what’s happening next. It’s also taking me longer to get started.
Related to that, the story isn’t unfolding as smoothly as I’d like. I have the major signposts in my head, but all too often I feel like I’m just writing to kill time until a specific word count when some turn in the plot will happen. This isn’t good and it’s creating a lot of “dead air,” where I’m writing empty words for the sake of it. Maybe I shouldn’t worry about it too much. I’m ahead with my word count and this is my most successful novel attempt yet. (I got further last year, but the plot had even more problems than this one.) Perhaps this is what it’s always like to write a novel and I won’t know what I’ve got to work with until I start the editing process.
A lot of new elements have been introduced in this first draft. There’s a whole new character and plot line that I had not planned on including that isn’t particularly well planned out, but does seem to add to the overall tapestry.
The pacing is screwed up but I’m not necessarily sure this is a bad thing. The passage of time isn’t how I imagined it in my plan, but it’s opening up new perspectives for me.
It’s not as funny as I thought it was. There are some good laughs in it, I think, but they don’t last anywhere near as long as I’d expected. However, the more serious aspects replacing it are working for me.